Sundance Film Festival

“Sundance is much more than simply a festival. Here you’ll find panels comprised of the best filmmakers and actors all talking about their work, year round events from the Sundance Institute and excellent networking opportunities for anyone looking to meet fellow artists.”—Caleb Ward

January 24–February 3, 2019

Park City, UT

Superstars Writing Seminar

Superstars Writing Seminars, founded in 2010, is unique among writing seminars. The curriculum focuses on teaching writers the business of being successful in the publishing industry. The instructors are chosen from the top of the industry and include International Bestselling Authors, Top Editors and Agents, Indie Publishing Platform Managers, and many more. The primary goal at Superstars is to teach you how to have a successful writing career by sharing how those at the top of the industry manage their careers.

February 6–9, 2019

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Inspired Writers Retreat with Bridget Cook-Burch

This is not just any writer’s retreat; this is a complete transformational journey. Bring what is in your heart and gut, honoring the story that’s already there. Bridget will guide you through writing, polishing, pitching, publishing, launching, and promoting your book. This retreat walks you through the complete process.

February 7–10, 2019

May 2–5, 2019

August 1–4, 2019

Heber, Utah

PubWest

Our theme for the conference is “Making Change: Culture, Content, Commerce.” as we all are aware, strategically handling change is key for success. Our passion is driven in the industry through publishing culturally related content that creates commerce. For each and every conference offering—each keynote address, each panel, each intensive session, and each networking event—“Making Change: Culture, Content, Commerce” will be our focus.

February 7–9, 2019

La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the only professional organization specifically for individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults. Our mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world. Through our awards, events, and publications, we give established writers and illustrators the tools and resources to manage their careers, as well as educate those just starting out. SCBWI is also proud to serve as a consolidated voice for our members within the publishing industry.

February 8–10, 2019

New York, NY

2019 Summer Conference TBA

Life, the Universe, and Everything (LTUE)

Life, the Universe, & Everything: The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy originated at Brigham Young University and has grown and changed a lot over the last thirty years. LTUE is a three-day academic symposium on all aspects of science fiction and fantasy. Comprised of panels, presentations and papers on writing, art, literature, film, gaming and other facets of speculative fiction, LTUE is a place to learn all about life, the universe, and everything else you love. The symposium is, most importantly, a gathering place for fans of our creative and innovative world to hang out and share their love of all things amazing, obscure, and even not-quite-real.

February 14–16, 2019

Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Provo, UT

San Francisco Writers Conference

This will be the 15th Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community for all writers. Join with 100+ presenters and fellow attendees at this year’s event including bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing houses. There will be experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social media, and author websites. The San Francisco Writers Conference has one of the largest faculties of any writer’s conference to ensure the best networking with the people who can help you get published.

Feb. 14–18, 2019

San Francisco, CA

Red Rock Writers Annual Writing Seminar

Our mission is to promote the appreciation of poetry and prose in our community and to provide an environment for skill building and enjoyment of language arts by people of all ages. We envision the St. George area as a Mecca for writers and intend to do what we can to make that a living reality.

March 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

St. George Community Building at 245 N 200 W

Utah’s Book Marketing Conference

The Utah’s Book Marketing Conference (UBMC, pronounced “Uhb Mac”) is an annual symposium or conference held in Utah and focusing on teaching authors how to market and sell their fiction and non-fiction books, stories, novels, memoirs, etc.

March 16, 2019

Jordan Commons Megaplex Events
Sandy, UT

ACES Annual National Conference

ACES has been the nation’s premier editing conference since 1997. Editors in a wide range of industries come together to get quality training from recognized experts in the field. They attend to gain practical, hands-on education that helps them improve their editing skills; the latest information on trends in language, style, and usage; a chance to network with peers from across the world.

March 28–30, 2019

Providence, RI

NabShow: Where Content Comes to Life

“NAB is the mother of all video and filmmaking conferences. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just getting into the industry, there’s something for everybody at NAB. Best known as the event where large companies unveil their latest cameras and  products, you’ll find massive showfloors dedicated to the future of filmmaking, television, video, distribution and much more. Covering the entire event takes full days – there’s over 1,700 exhibitors in attendance and 2 million square feet of exhibitor space.”—Caleb Ward

April 6–11, 2019 (Exhibits April 8–11)

Las Vegas, Nevada

FanX Salt Lake Comic Con

FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™s are Dan Farr Productions’ annual events, and are now the most attended conventions in the state of Utah and the largest comic convention in North America per capita. The conventions have attracted celebrities like Stan Lee, Chris Evans, Mark Hamill, Jeremy Renner, Elijah Wood, Dick Van Dyke, Tom Felton, Jason Momoa, Matt Smith, Sir Patrick Stewart, Buzz Aldrin and so many more.

Dan Farr Productions was co-founded by Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg and is an event and marketing group devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium celebrities and brands in the pop culture arena. Dan Farr Productions is dedicated to producing spectacular celebrations of popular culture that lead the market in providing exceptional and rewarding experiences for our consumers, fans, celebrity guests, vendors and partners.

Every week our social media pages and groups reach 5-10 million people and is the most engaged and active comic convention social media community in the world.

April 19–20, 2019

Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

League of Utah Writers

The League of Utah Writers is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering friendship, education, and encouragement to the writers and poets of Utah. Our organization aids our members in the improvement of their craft and support of their goals. Members are writers and poets of all interests and skill levels. The organization is comprised of individual chapters that meet, share ideas, critique each other’s work and hear from special guests.

Spring Conference: April 27, 2019
Salt Lake Community College, Student Center, Taylorsville

The Quill’s Conference: August 22–24, 2019
Marriott Hotel – University Park, 480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

BYU Women’s Conference

BYU Women’s Conference is the largest two-day gathering of LDS women anywhere in the world. Over 160 presenters share their perspectives and insights on a variety of topics including womanhood and sisterhood, gospel principles, marriage, family, and practical and timely topics of interest and concern to women of all ages. It is a time for you to develop friendships, hear uplifting messages, gain new insights, participate in service, strengthen your testimony, enjoy time with family and friends, and gather with women of faith.

May 2–3, 2019

BYU Campus, Provo, UT

StoryMakers Conference

“Storymakers: Packs in more incredible classes, networking, craft, socializing, and fun than you ever thought could possibly fit into a single conference.” —Peggy Eddleman

May 9–11, 2019

Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, UT

Book Expo America

BookExpo is carefully crafted with content and experiences for all those that play a part in the publishing industry. It’s where authors, booksellers, distributors, librarians, literary agents, publishers and more unite to build relationships, learn tactics to bolster business and get the pulse of what’s trending in today’s shifting marketplace.

May 29–31, 2019

New York, NY

Society for Scholarly Publishing

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field.

SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing — including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. SSP members come from a wide range of large and small commercial and nonprofit organizations. They meet at SSP’s annual meetings, IN Conferences, educational seminars, and Librarian Focus Groups to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and to discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.

Their next annual meeting will be held May 29–31, 2019 in San Diego, CA.

Teen Writers Conference

A writer’s conference for teens ages 13-19.

June 15, 2019

Weber County Library Southwest Branch, 2039 W. 4000 S., Roy, Utah

Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR)

June 10-14, 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah

Westercon

In 1948, Walter J. “Doc” Daugherty of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society proposed that an annual West Coast convention be started for West Coast fans who couldn’t afford to travel east each year. The first Westercon was held in September, 1948. It was a one-day event with an attendance of 77. It wasn’t until 1951 that the Westercon became a weekend-long event, settled into the July 4th holiday and began traveling to different cities.

July 4–7, 2019

Layton, UT

The International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries

Founded in 2003, the Books, Publishing & Libraries Research Network is brought together around a shared interest to discuss the past, present, and future of publishing. The International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries attendees include leaders in the field, as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer opportunities for attendees to share their work, discuss key issues in the field, and build relationships with attendees.

July 5, 2019

Granada, Spain

ThrillerFest

ThrillerFest is the annual conference of ITW, International Thriller Writers. The unique, popular, and rapidly expanding gathering was created in 2004 by successful, bestselling authors to bring thousands of writers, readers, publishers, producers, editors, and agents together to promote and support thriller authors everywhere.

The ThrillerFest conference has six main components: Master Class, CraftFest, ConsultFest, PitchFest, ThrillerFest, and the Awards Banquet.

July 9–13, 2019

Grand Hyatt, New York City, New York

BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers

The BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers is open to men and women age 13 and above. Logistical and safety constraints will not allow us to accommodate nursing infants or young children in any symposium sessions.

July 11-12, 2019

Provo, Utah

Worldcon

Worldcon is the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). It was first held in 1939 and, after a hiatus during WWII, has been held continuously since 1946. The sites of future Worldcons are decided by WSFS members via a bidding process.

August 15–19, 2019

Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland

BYU Campus Education Week

BYU Education Week began in 1922 and is one of the largest continuing education programs of its type. The program is held on the beautiful Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, each August and offers more than 1,000 classes on a variety of subjects, including education, religion, marriage and family, the arts, history, genealogy, communication, youth classes, and much more. The program is designed primarily for adults, although everyone age 14 and older is welcome!

August 19–23, 2019

BYU Campus, Provo, UT

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference offers everything you need to advance your writing career creatively and professionally. Writers of all backgrounds and experience levels can sharpen their skills, pitch their work to literary agents and find inspiration in the words of experienced mentors. And it’s all brought to you by Writer’s Digest, the experts at nurturing and developing writers at every stage for nearly 100 years.

August 23-25, 2019

New York City, NY

Dragon Con

We are the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!

August 29–September 2, 2019

Atlanta, GA

Timpanogos Storytelling Conference

The Timpanogos Storytelling Conference (Thursday, September 5, 2019) offers classes not only on performance telling, but also on how to use story in our families, workplaces, schools, and communities.

Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point
Lehi, UT

September 5, 2019

American Night Writers Association (ANWA)

The American Night Writers Association (ANWA) is a unique professional organizations for Latter-day Saint writers. ANWA helps writers of all levels and genres, published and unpublished, by matching them up with a critique group. Our purpose is to encourage, assist, educate, and motivate members to write, and, if they desire, to publish their works.

September 12-14, 2019

Gilbert, AZ

Midwest Writer’s Conference

Presented by LDStorymakers and Indie Author Hub.

September 27-28, 2019

Kansas City, MO

Book Academy Utah Valley University

A conference for aspiring writers and illustrators of all levels.

October 11, 2019

UVU’s Wasatch Campus

Siren’s Conference

Sirens is a conference, perhaps unlike any you’ve ever known. We are dedicated to discussing and celebrating the remarkable, diverse women of fantasy literature. We are committed to the fundamental premise that every voice—every reader, every scholar, every librarian or educator or publishing professional or author—has valid, valuable thoughts to share. We are committed to including people with diverse perspectives, experiences, and identities in our conversations and community. We are as brilliant as a scholarly conference, as passionate as a fan convention, as ambitious as a networking weekend, with just a bit of the respite of a personal retreat.

October 24–27, 2019

Denver, Colorado

Sidney B. Sperry Symposium

The Sperry Symposium is not just for professional teachers in the Church’s Seminaries and Institutes of Religion and at BYU—it’s for all who study the scriptures. The symposium is free to the public, and no registration is required.

The Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, held annually at the end of October at Brigham Young University, features speakers from BYU Religious Educational, Seminary and Institute teachers in the Church Educational System, and other gospel scholars. The symposium focus is traditionally on the topic for Gospel Doctrine and Church study for the upcoming year.

October 26–27, 2019

Joseph Smith Building Auditorium, BYU Campus, Provo, UT

Bouchercon World Mystery Convention

The World Mystery Convention is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. Bouchercon is our annual world mystery convention where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a 4-day weekend of education, entertainment, and fun! It is the world’s premier event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community, and is pronounced [bough’•chur•con]. The first Bouchercon took place in 1970 in Santa Monica, California. Recent Bouchercons have been held in many cities across the United States.

October 31–November 3, 2019

Dallas, TX

World Fantasy Convention

The first World Fantasy Convention (WFC) was held in 1975 in Providence, Rhode Island (see retrospective of WFC) and it has continued as an annual gathering and reunion of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of light and dark fantasy art and literature. The convention is generally held on one of the two weekends bracketing Halloween, with some light early-bird programming usually beginning Thursday evening and the convention generally concluding Sunday afternoon, usually shortly after the World Fantasy Award Banquet. The awards banquet is a culminating highlight of the convention, offering awards ranging from lifetime achievement, to various aspects of art and literature. Additional highlights include an autograph reception, and often some sort of reception honoring the arts. Individual conventions often use programming and special events to highlight the themes of the convention and local flavor.

October 31–November 3, 2019

Los Angeles, CA

Kanab Writers Conference

The Kanab Writers Conference began in 2010 as “Writers of the Purple Sage,” a nod to Zane Grey and his use of Kane County as a setting in some of his westerns.  Hosted by the Kane County Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), the events were small affairs, consisting of mostly academics and literary authors speaking about their own writing. They were informative gatherings, but they exposed one to good books rather than teaching one how to write a good book.

Liz Adair was asked to chair the 2013 conference. Having been on the steering committee of the Storymakers Writers Conference in Provo, and having presented at numerous conferences, Adair wanted to change the focus from a book-club-type seminar to a conference where beginning and journeyman writers could learn the craft and business of writing as well as network and gain inspiration.  The name was changed from Writers of the Purple Sage to the Kanab Writers Conference to better reflect the new direction and purpose of the conference.

Since that time, the conference has grown into a diverse and inspiring community with presenters and attendees from all over the country and every walk of the publishing life.

November 7-9, 2019

Kanab, UT

For the Love of Reading—UVU Forum on Engaged Reading 

UVU’s Forum on Engaged Reading is about sharing the best in books, teaching, and innovations for changing lives. Since fostering a love for reading is not a curricular objective, not tested by any state or district, and not a component of any federal legislation, America faces a 21st Century tragedy of aliteracy. UVU’s Forum on Engaged Reading is different, and we are making a difference — engaging readers, “For the Love of Reading.”

November 7–8, 2019

Midway, UT

Northwest Independent Editors Guild

The Northwest Independent Editors Guild hosts bimonthly member meetings in Seattle and Portland, as well as informal coffee/happy hours wherever members would like to host them. Every two years, the Guild also hosts a conference that provides educational and networking opportunities. These events are open to Guild members and those interested in Guild membership.

Independent Book Publishers Association

Here you can find out about upcoming book industry events. Some events feature a special discount for IBPA members only. IBPA Publishing University Online events require registration with ticket purchase.

Write Here in Ephraim

WRITE HERE IN EPHRAIM is Central Utah’s premier, affordable writing conference for professional writing instruction and opportunities for up-and-coming writers to gain new skills and encouragement for their craft. Rub elbows with movers and shakers in the writing community. Enjoy special guest speakers scheduled Friday along with a meet-and-greet with authors and publishers Friday night. Then hone your craft by attending unforgettable workshops on Saturday! Come mingle and learn more about writing and gain a fresh perspective from dozens of seasoned authors.

2019 Conference TBA

The International Institute for Policy Review and Development Strategies—Nigeria

The International Institute for Policy Review & Development Strategies (IIPRDS) is a subsidiary of the FIRST ASSURED BRILLIANT INT’L LIMITED® established and incorporated under the Companies & Allied Matters ACT of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Institute was established as an Independent International Research Institute to provide a viable platform for scholars to conduct and publish Independent, Collaborative and Institutional evidence-based research work. Most research activities in the Institute are design to address specific policy and development challenges affecting developing economies of the world. In response to special needs of developing countries, IIPRDS adopts a flexible approach to improve technical skills of local researchers, allow for regional determination of research priorities, strengthen national and international institutions concerned with economic policy research, and facilitate closer ties between researchers, institutions and agencies who work within the purview of its research focus as well as policy makers.

2019 Conference TBA

Nigeria

Aspiring Authors Summit

This summit is perfect for anyone that has ever dreamed of writing a book and would love to hear from authors who are taking the step towards calling themselves published writers! (not self-published)

2019 Conference TBA

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